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Archived News
November 2004
Week 4

Saturday November 27, 2004
Mark Hamill Slams Prequel Trilogy

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars movies, says he doesn't like the new Star Wars movies. "To me, they are just too serious. So orderly and almost religious. Like The Ten Commandments," he told TV Movie magazine.

Hamill says the new movies don't have the same fun as the originals. "Having robots fight about who is responsible for a mess they are in sometimes felt like doing Stan and Ollie," he said.

Hamill believes his Star Wars character will always be associated with him. "Luke Skywalker will always and forever be a part of me," he said. "I bet that in the eulogy at my funeral, the first thing they'll mention will be Star Wars."

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Saturday November 27, 2004
Homing Beacon #124

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to talk about Padmé hiding and her outfits. She is a visible leader in the troubled times facing the Galactic Republic, but now privacy and protection are foremost on Padmé Amidala's mind. How do you hide your most vulnerable secret, while still being an outspoken member of the Galactic Senate? Costume Designer Trisha Biggar had to meld Padmé's history of attention-getting wardrobe with the character's need for secrecy in Episode III. The first costume seen in the film is indicative of the challenges faced.

"Padmé ended up with 12 costumes this time," recounts Biggar. "We initially thought she'd have fewer than that, but as always, it worked out that there were more."

Padmé first appears in Episode III on Coruscant, awaiting the return of her secret husband whom she has not seen in months. "The first time we see her, it's sort of a mysterious scene where she's hiding behind pillars, waiting for Anakin to finish talking to Bail Organa," describes Biggar. "I wanted to use a dark color that would allow her to be in the shadows, but as soon as she stepped into the light, the light could catch the fabric."

A combination of velvet fabrics provided the contrasting interplay of light and darkness. "I used navy blue panne velvet, which is velvet with a flat pile so it has a shine on it," she describes. When the lights catch the fabric, areas of the pile catch the light, providing large areas of highlight. "I lined that with a devore velvet, where the pattern has been burned out of it, and you get the color of the lining of the velvet. You end up with two very different shades."

Further concealing Padmé is the shape of the costume. "I wanted to her to be swathed in this velvet cloak. If we saw her full length before that moment, we wouldn't know she was pregnant," says Biggar. "But it's very easy for her to move the drape of the cloak, and then we would see the shape of her pregnancy through the dress if she wanted to reveal it."

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday November 25, 2004
Happy Thanksgiving from Galactic Voyage

Today we would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We hope that you will be able to spend some down time with the people that are important in your life. Enjoy the food and relaxation! Next stop, Christmas!

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday November 24, 2004
Section Updates

I have updated the Video Games section, the Comics section, and the Episode III News section. The first two sections were severely behind on the latest news, but I have gotten things up to speed. At least now you won't have to go into the archives for these categories. With my degree only a few weeks away, I am hoping to be able to dedicate more time to the site and return it to it's old glory. For all of you that have submitted things in the past few months, I will be working hard to get your items posted. I really appreciate everyone's submissions and thank you for your patience.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday November 23, 2004
KOTOR II Goes Gold

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 has gone gold. The Xbox game will be in stores on December 6th. KOTOR 2: The Sith Lords picks up five years after the events of the original KOTOR and features a new storyline, new characters, new classes, new locations and plenty of other good stuff.

The Sith Lords also includes improvements to the core game and engine, including larger, more immersive levels and environment effects. Click here to visit the official KOTOR 2 website, which looks very cool.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Tuesday November 23, 2004
Ewoks & Droids DVD Releases

Fans now get to journey back through time and space with C-3PO, R2-D2 and the adorable and resourceful Ewoks as they set out on adventures of their own in three new DVD double features. Available on DVD for the first time ever, each DVD includes two feature-length titles, which include The Haunted Village, Tales from the Endor Woods, Caravan of Courage, The Battle for Endor, The Pirates and the Prince, and Treasure of the Hidden Planet.

The Ewoks and Driods animated features recount the adventures of these enduringly popular Star Wars characters before they appeared in the classic feature films. Caravan of Courage received an international theatrical release and was subsequently broadcast on U.S. television in 1984, followed by its sequel, The Battle for Endor, which aired in 1985.

The DVD set includes:

Star Wars Animated Adventures: Ewoks -- Two animated Ewok features recount the years before the Battle of Endor. Here Wicket is a young Ewok struggling to achieve maturity in his community. This leads to a series of adventures with his friends: Princess Kneessa heir to the chieftain, Latara the aspiring musician and Teebo the animal empath. Together, they help the adults protect the village from their enemies like Morag the Tulga Witch and their rival species, the Duloks.

Star Wars Animated Adventures: Droids -- Two animated Droid features recount the adventures of C-3PO and R2-D2 before they met Luke Skywalker as they serve various masters over the years. As it turns out, their lives were no less hectic as they became involved in battles against gangsters, pirates and the Empire.

Star Wars Ewok Adventures: Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor -- Two live-action features document the Towani family's adventures with the Ewoks. The Towani family is stranded on Endor after their shuttlecraft crashes on the forest moon. Separated after the crash, the children, Mace and Cindel, must gain the support and trust of the Ewoks in order to rescue their parents who have been captured by a giant monster, Gorax. The Ewoks and Towani children go on an adventure to rescue the captured family members. Upon return to the Ewok village, an army of foreign invaders attacks them. Cindel and an Ewok, Wicket, escape into the forest where they meet Teek and Noa, who like Cindel, also crashed with his Starcruiser on Endor. Together they must defeat the marauders.

"There has been considerable interest in these titles from the core fan base for some time, so we've packed these DVDs with two features each to offer even more than they ever hoped for," says Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Lucasfilm Ltd. "We're excited to bring these productions to DVD and introduce them to a new audience of young fans." Be sure to head over to StarWarsShop and pick up your DVDs today!

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Monday November 22, 2004
Star Wars Lego Video Game

IESB.NET has some interesting information about Legos. Ever since the re-launch of Star Wars merchandise in the late 90's Lego has been at the front of innovation and creativity. Now they take the next step, Star Wars Lego Video Game. What is it? How do you play the game? What characters can you play? Be sure to click here for more information. Special thanks goes to Eddie for this information.

Posted by: Jedi Power